Clerk’s mistake leads Maryland man to $100,000 lottery jackpot

A Maryland man said a store clerk’s mistake in giving him two Powerball tickets led to his buying the scratch-off ticket that earned him $100,000.

The 43-year-old Salisbury man told Maryland Lottery officials he was picking up lottery tickets at The Chicken Man convenience store in Salisbury when the clerk accidentally hit the wrong button and printed two tickets for the Aug. 21 Powerball drawing.

The man said he decided to buy the tickets, anyway, and topped off his purchase with a $100,000 Extreme Cash scratch-off ticket.

The player scratched the ticket off in the store and scanned it, revealing the $30 ticket had earned him the $100,000 top prize.

“At first I was thinking this must be wrong, but after I scanned it again I had to rush out of the store to get some air,” the man recalled.

The winner said he started to cry while video chatting with his wife to share the news.

“I’ve always heard about the big lottery winners, but you never really think it could be you,” he said.

The man said the prize money will allow him to become a homeowner.

“It has been on our list for some time, and this will make it possible,” he said.